Osram, Nichia to enter into a new cross-licensing Patent agreement

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Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH, a subsidiary of Osram GmbH, has announced that it will enter into a new cross-licensing agreement with Japan’s Nichia Corp  (www.nichia.co.jp).

Announcing the collaboration at Light+Building 2018 show in Frankfurt, Germany, Aldo Kamper, CEO of Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH and Hiroyoshi Ogawa, president of Nichia Corp, agreed that a lot had happened in the industry since 2010, when the companies last signed a licensing agreement.

According to Kamper, Nichia and Osram have collectively spent more than €2.5bn in research and development since 2011 “to further advance LED and laser technology…”. 

The two companies have now agreed to enter into negotiations to cross license approximately 7000 new patent applications including approximately 2000 granted patents from Nichia and Osram, for technologies covering automotive, general lighting, LCD backlights, display, medical and industrial applications and other opto-electronics products.

“On all levels of the value chain from semiconductor epitaxy to phosphor material, packaging and further downstream technologies, significant progress has been made in the past eight years and protected by a variety of new patents on both sides,” says Ogawa. 

“Our companies will be able to leverage each other’s technological advancements, while both companies’ customers will benefit from an industry-leading protection in IP-related matters,” added Kamper.

The companies first first entered into patent cross-license agreements in 2002, and in 2010 signed another agreement which allowed use of each other’s patents in their own products.

The full press release can be found here (Osram)